Posted by Barbara on May 16, 1997 at 18:10:32:
In reply to Re: Mary Crawford posted by Ann on May 15, 1997 at 22:38:18
] ] I know she is characterized as pretty and vivacious, and Fanny is far from exciting, but I just don't understand how proper Edmund could fall for someone like Mary.
] It's simple--LUST.
It's funny, but after posting my first post about Mary Crawford, I was looking around today at HC's Opinions of MP page, and saw this comment by Fanny Knight, JA's niece: "(I) could not think it natural that Edmonund should be so much attached to a woman without Principle as Mary C." I was all astonishment, because that is almost word for word what I said!
Elsewhere on the page it said that George Knight--a nephew I guess--was interested in no one but Mary C.
It made me think of the typical scenario in soap operas ( which I swear I hardly ever, ever watch, really, except for Melrose Place (another MP!)). The men usually fall for the women who are the biggest b----es on the show, who treat them and others abominably, who won't give them the time of day, who verbally and emotionally abuse them, etc. etc. That seems to drive them wild with desire!
Now JA tells us that Mary did really like Edmund, but has our beloved authoress brought out yet another aspect of human nature that we see all the time in stories today--namely that men are likely to fall for the women who are the worst for them?
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